Meaning of ORNAMENT in English



Pronunciation: ' o ̇ r-n ə -m ə nt

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French urnement, ornement, from Latin ornamentum, from ornare

Date: 13th century

1 archaic : a useful accessory

2 a : something that lends grace or beauty b : a manner or quality that adorns

3 : one whose virtues or graces add luster to a place or society

4 : the act of adorning or being adorned

5 : an embellishing note not belonging to the essential harmony or melody ― called also embellishment fioritura

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.